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The medical workforce in 2025: what’s in the numbers?

Michael A Bonning, William J Milford and Rob D Mitchell
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (9): 490.

To the Editor: Joyce contends in her recent article that “medical workforce supply levels follow a predictable, if lengthy, cycle between phases of shortage and surplus”.1 If this is the case, the scramble by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) to find internships for graduating medical students2 represents a stunning lapse in workforce planning.

Michael A Bonning, Past Chair
William J Milford, Chair
Rob D Mitchell, Past Chair
Council of Doctors-in-Training, Australian Medical Association, Canberra, ACT.
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Joyce CM. The medical workforce in 2025: what’s in the numbers? MJA Open 2012; 1 Suppl 3: 6-9.
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Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. Communique. 18 June 2012. Perth: AHMAC, 2012. http://www.amsa.org.au/advocacy/internship-crisis/ (accessed Jul 2012).
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Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Medical Training Review Panel twelfth report. Canberra: DoHA, 2009.
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Australian Medical Students’ Association. National internship crisis updates [webpage]. 2012. http://www.amsa.org.au/internship-crisis (accessed Jul 2012).
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Newton K. Govt vows to expand intern places. Australian Doctor 2012; 24 Jul.
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